Brad Lincoln shut down a hot Asheville club, Jordan Walden couldn’t get any help, and Savannah’s offense exploded against Glenn Gibson and Columbus.
South Atlantic League
Prospect Of The Day
The Asheville Tourists (Rockies) had won nine in a row and sport the best record in the SAL, but they were cooled off last night when they ran into Hickory (Pirates) righthander Brad Lincoln. After missing all of 2007 due to Tommy John surgery, Lincoln has made four starts for Hickory since returning in mid-May and has permitted only five runs in 22 1/3 innings with a 15-1 K-BB ratio. Against the Tourists, Lincoln went 6 1/3 and allowed only one run on five hits with six strikeouts and no walks.
Columbus (Rays) may have hit rock bottom. Catfish starter Glenn Gibson gave up five home runs in the top of the first inning against Savannah (Mets), and the Catfish went on to suffer their 12th consecutive loss. The Sand Gnats started the game with solo shots by Greg Veloz and Michael Parker. Jordan Aburzzo went deep two batters later, followed by Francisco Pena another two batters after that. Finally, a walk and a single led up to No. 9 hitter Matthew Bouchard’s three-run shot to finish the damage … It took until June, but Lake County (Indians) lefty Ryan Miller finally suffered his first loss. Delmarva (Orioles) only got two runs on five hits in five innings against Miller, but it was enough to propel the Shorebirds to a 3-2 win. Delmarva has taken the first two games of their three-game set with Lake County, and the two teams are now tied in the loss column atop the SAL North … Lexington (Astros) center fielder Collin DeLome finished a double short of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with four RBIs in a 6-3 win over West Virginia (Brewers) … Greenville (Red Sox) center fielder Che-Hsuan Lin went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs in a 5-3 win over Augusta (Giants).
What To Watch For Today
Lefthander Cole Rohrbough (0-1, 6.55) makes his third start of the year for Rome (Braves) against Charleston (Yankees) tonight at 7:05 EDT … The finale of the Lake County-Delmarva series will match up the Captains’ Joseph Mihalic (2-1, 4.15) against the Shorebirds’ Cole McCurry (2-4, 5.47) at 7:05 EDT.
Prospect Of The Day
Cedar Rapids (Angels) righthander Jordan Walden bounced back from a tough outing against Peoria on May 29 with seven strong innings last night against Kane County (Athletics). He allowed only one hit, two walks and struck out nine. He retired 14 of the last 15 hitters he faced and no baserunner got further than 2nd against him. But as has often been the case for Walden in 2008, the Kernels’ offense couldn’t give him any help and he received no decision. Kane County eventually won 1-0.
Burlington (Royals) shortstop Mike Moustakas hit his eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot against Clinton (Rangers). He finished the night 2-for-5 and added a stolen base as well … Moustakas did his work in support of righthander Sam Runion, who picked up his first win of the year after allowing three runs in six innings … Great Lakes (Dodgers) left fielder Andrew Lambo went 2-for-5 with a double in a 9-4 win against Fort Wayne (Padres). But perhaps his real highlight came in the top of the ninth when he threw out Fort Wayne’s Andrew Parrino trying to score from 2nd to end the game … Wisconsin (Mariners) righthander Phillippe Aumont had another strong start, allowing only one run on six hits in seven innings against Peoria (Cubs). He struck out six and walked none.
What To Watch For Today
Burlington lefty Danny Duffy (0-2, 8.49) will look to follow Runion in picking his first in of 2008. But Duffy has the misfortune of being matched up with the red hot Neftali Feliz (5-1, 2.05) of first-place Clinton. That game starts at 7:30 EDT … With the way Cedar Rapids’ offense has struggled, MWL ERA leader Craig Italiano (7-0, 0.65) of Kane County is the last guy they need to face, but that’ll be the case tonight (8:00 EDT).
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